chinchill (2557) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served at about 50F in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a nearly opaque, dark brown body. Short light brown head has good retention.
Aroma: floral (heather?) with way more alcohol than expected ... that is, before I discovered that this has 10% ABV. Hints of vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, and light spicing.
Flavor: Sweet fruity taste up front. Lightly sweet overall with some lingering mild bitterness. Hints of mineral water, baked herbs (heather?), peat and smoke. Earthy and heavily floral aspects contribute to the complexity.
Medium body with obviously high ABV.
keepersj12 (2833) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a fan. Some harsh smoke and malt. The flavor is metallic and harsh. Smoky finish.
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pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at South Philly Tap Room but labelled as Scratch 10 Scotch Ale and poured directly from a giant oak cask...awesome presentation. Reminded me a lot of swish with beer instead of water (e.g. you swish the liquid around a fresh scotch barrel to create booze) - sweet apple, toffee, lots of scotch, strong yet thin, mild carbonation and thin, sweet, slightly metallic.
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Khyber. Pours a deep reddish brown with medium tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, some roast, dried fruit. Medium body. Toffee and dark fruit flavor, slight note of smoke but very subtle, roast. Smooth and sweet. Not bad
callmemickey (3250) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, with hints of copper, thin off-white head, sparse lacing. Nose is caramel, vanilla, light peat, roast, and dark fruits. Flavor falls a bit flat, Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering finish.
Drake (9967) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Wexford, PA. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, earth, berry-like fruits. The taste is strong earthy notes, berries, toffee, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown pour light tan head light lacing .... light aroma of vanilla, sweet caramel and roasted malts .... roasted, lightly nutty and very sweet caramel malts sugary and molasses. Nice full bodied beer for the cold months
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 Beers this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a medium sized creamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty an sweetish with faint dark fruits, nut and wood. The flavor was malty and toasty with notes of maple, wood, honey, fig, apple and licorice. Medium length finish of maple, fig, wood and a touch of smoke. Moderately full bodied. Solid.
ryanscourt (858) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Carmael toasty creamy bready. Sweet with burnt toast flavors. Fairly heavy on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite style but this one is ok, rich and flavorful.
EithCubes (5156) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Big floral aroma (heather) with vanilla, toffee, chocolate, woody hops. Dark, nearly opaque brown body with a little scarlet peaking out, supports a dense but short light brown head. Sweet fruity taste tempered by light-medium bitterness, some mineral and yeast play, mild smoke. Nice earthy undertones and heavily floral, caramel; there seems to be good malt depth without heavily reliance on the crystal family, and although the roast is muted I know it’s there. Very light woodiness and mild herbal hop contributions, with a bit of spice, but this one’s malt-focused, as it should be. Medium body, alcohol’s about where it should be, perhaps a bit hidden.. A pleasure.